2021 Tennessee Code
Title 49 - Education
Chapter 1 - State Administration
Part 3 - State Board of Education
§ 49-1-309. No Educational Standards to Be Imposed by Federal Government — Adoption of State Educational Standards — Joining Testing Consortium — Use of Collected Data

Universal Citation: TN Code § 49-1-309 (2021)
  1. No educational standards shall be imposed on the state by the federal government. Any adoption of educational standards for the public schools of the state shall be done freely by the state board of education which, except as provided in subsection (b), may change, adjust or recede from a standard at any time.

  2. A proposed change or addition to an educational standard, including, but not limited to, the Next Generation Science Standards, the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, the National Health Education Standards, or the National Sexuality Education Standards shall be posted for public review on the state board's website and submitted to the education committee of the senate and the education committee of the house of representatives at least sixty (60) days before the state board meeting during which the final adoption of the proposed standard is to be considered. The state board may vote on adoption of standards or proposed changes or additions only at a public meeting at which a quorum is in attendance.

  3. The state board shall not join a testing consortium inclusive of multiple states that requires the adoption of common standards in social studies or science subjects, unless the board provides at least sixty (60) days notice to the education committee of the senate and the education committee of the house of representatives and posts such notice on its website at least sixty (60) days before officially joining any such consortium.

  4. Data collected from the use of or testing under educational standards adopted by the state board shall be used for the sole purpose of tracking the academic prowess and needs of students.
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